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Welcome to the website of UK Film/Horror academic Dr Steve Jones.

Click on the links for information regarding Steve's research, publications, article transcripts, and professional qualifications.


News

Honorary Professorship

I have just been awarded the honorary position of Adjunct Research Professor in Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University (Ottawa). I am currently supervising a PhD student at Carleton who is writing on the legal and social implications of snuff fiction.

The role has no bearing on my position at Northumbria University, where I will continue as Head of Subject for Media.


Publications in Slovenian

I am part of a REF impact case study focusing on film festivals, which is led by my Northumbria colleague Dr Russ Hunter. The project entails delivering our research in public spaces. In 2019, I will return to Offscreen Festival in Brussels and Kurja Polt Festival in Ljubljana to deliver public lectures.


As a result of our work with Kurja Polt, some of my research work has been translated into Slovenian and published in Kino! journal



Abertoir Festival 2018

In November, I was invited back to Abertoir film festival where I delivered a public lecture on the slasher film. It was a pleasure to return to Aberystwyth. A review of the festival is available on  Love Horror here


New PhDs

I am now supervising two new PhD students. Ami Nisa has joined us at Northumbria and is writing on found footage horror from a socio-technological perspective. Meg Lonergan is at Carleton University (Ottawa) and is writing on snuff films, focusing on cultural fears about technology, sex, and violence. I’m looking forward to seeing how these projects develop.


Editorial Board

I am now a member of Porn Studies’ editorial board. Check out the journal here.


Kurja Polt 2018

Last April I was at Kurja Polt Film Festival in Slovenia with my Northumbria colleague Russ Hunter and Alexia Kannas (RMIT, Melbourne). We presented at the second annual Cult Film conference there, and I also hosted a Masterclass with director Fabrice du Welz. For photos and full videos of my talk and the Masterclass, click here.


Media Website

I recently launched a website for the Media team at Northumbria. To find out about the team and our activities, visit: medianorthumbria.com/


New Article

My article "Preserved for Posterity? Present Bias and the Status of Grindhouse Films in the 'Home Cinema' Era" has been published in Journal of Film and Video, 70:1

Abstract:: Despite the closure of virtually all original grindhouse cinemas, ‘grindhouse’ lives on as a conceptual term. This article contends that the prevailing conceptualization of ‘grindhouse’ is problematized by a widening gap between the original grindhouse context (‘past’) and the DVD/home-viewing context (present). Despite fans’ and filmmakers’ desire to preserve this part of exploitation cinema history, the world of the grindhouse is now little more than a blurry set of tall-tales and faded phenomenal experiences, which are subject to present-bias. The continuing usefulness of grindhouse-qua-concept requires that one should pay heed to the contemporary contexts in which ‘grindhouse’ is evoked.

Access a PDF of the article here